|Italian Record For A Classic Ferrari|
|Maranello, 28 May – A classic car gains value over time, even more so if it is a Ferrari. This was confirmed for the umpteenth time at an auction organised by RM at Villa Erba on Lake Como, where a splendid Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione, with Pin Farina designed bodywork went for 9,856,000 Euros.
This car had an outstanding racing history, culminating in victory in the 1953 Pescara 12 Hours with Mike Hawthorn and Umberto Maglioli at the wheel. Among its other results, a s...[Read more...]|
|1955 Monaco Grand Prix: Trintignant ‘Awash' in Monegasque Praise|
|Heading around Tabac for the final time, Maurice Trintignant would be greeted by an enthusiastic Monegasque population. He would be the unlikely victor, but a little dip in the Mediterranean would make sure his name joined an exclusive list of Formula One race winners.
Maurice Trintignant had started his racing career just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. Before the war would start he would take his Bugatti and would go on to earn an impressive victory in the 1939 Grand Prix des...[Read more...]|
|1951 British Grand Prix: Tapped for a Special Moment in History|
|The lead and the victory were firmly within his grasp, but would the moment be taken away from him? He had been in a similar situation before and then there would be a tap on the shoulder and he was forced to give up what he had fought so hard to earn. Would this be another one of those moments? Thoughts raced through his head, and then, there was a tap on the shoulder once again.
Prior to the 1951 season, Jose Froilan Gonzalez had shown little of his true potential. After making his debut in...[Read more...]|
|Grand Prix Circuits: Pau Circuit|
|Some grand prix circuits just have a mythical status about them. Besides the drivers and great races, a lot of the equation comes down to how memorable the circuit truly is. In the case of the Pau Circuit, its sheer place in motorsport history and lore makes this tight, twisting circuit a true legend.
From its very beginnings, Pau would be at the heart of travel and transportation. Situated in a rather deep valley with the Pyrenees mountains lending an imposing back-drop, the area that would ...[Read more...]|
|1951 Italian Grand Prix: Promising Result Left Unfilfilled|
|In 1957, at the Italian Grand Prix, Andre Simon, almost as usual, would share a drive with Ottorino Volonterio and would finish his final Formula One grand prix in 11th place. And while the fact Simon would have to share his drive with another would not be all that surprising to many, it would be a far cry from what many believed would be the case after the 1951 Italian Grand Prix.
Andre Simon had made an impressive debut at the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans, which gained the attention of Amedee G...[Read more...]|
|1952 Belgian Grand Prix: Youth Reigned Down|
|On a rain-soaked Spa-Francorchamps Circuit a tall, blonde-haired Brit by the name of Mike Hawthorn would stun the crowd and would make many within grand prix racing take notice of the 23 year old.
Mike Hawthorn had started out racing motorbikes. In his first-ever event in a BSA trial bike, Hawthorn would take the victory. Michael's father, Leslie, recognized his son's skills as a racer and would invest in his talent by using his Tourist Trophy garage to help prepare racing cars for his son.